Let's get first aid onto the school curriculum
Would you agree that all children should know how to save a
If every child learned first aid at school, thousands more lives
could be saved.
We’re calling for every single school child to have at least one
hour of first aid teaching per year.
What’s happened so far
We have a chance to get first aid on the school curriculum
as part of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education.
The government is considering making part, or all, of PSHE
education mandatory from 2019.
The Department for Education recently ran a
'call for evidence' on what subjects should be included in PSHE.
Along with the British Red Cross and British Heart Foundation, we
called for first aid to be on the list. A huge THANK YOU to
everyone who filled out the survey and made the case for first aid
teaching. Thanks to your support, the government has heard how
important pupils, parents, and teachers feel it is to learn first
aid in school.
What happens now
Now, we wait for the government to announce the results of its
call for evidence and make proposals on what will happen next. This
may take some time, but we expect an update probably around May
2018. The government will then run a consultation on its
If you would like to be kept up to date with progress, please
this short form.
In the meantime…
Don’t wait for the government to make it mandatory - if you’re a
teacher or youth leader, you could start teaching your pupils to
save lives now.
We have lots of free resources available to help
teachers bring first aid into the classroom. Have a look at our
lesson plans, or watch
the Big First Aid Lesson.